In Dialogue: Nothing But the Truth
Part of the inaugural year of our In Dialogue Series featuring contemporary plays “in dialogue” with the body of work, themes, or style of our featured playwright.
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
by John Kani
Dates of run: February 13 – February 17, 2013
Directed by: Gemma Whelan
Featuring: Victor Mack, Anya Pearson and Ashley Williams
About the Play:
Nothing But the Truth is a story of two brothers, of sibling rivalry, of exile, of memory and reconciliation, and of the perplexities of freedom. Sipho Makhaya stayed in South Africa during Apartheid while his brother fled to England. Now at the time of his brother’s death, he must face the complex issues of political and social reconciliation with his South African-raised daughter and his English-born niece.
“The past will always be a powerful presence in the present… we must never forget, but this does not mean that we must cling to the past and wrap it around us, and live for it. We only look back to the past in order to have a better understanding of our present. This is one of the greatest lessons of Nothing But the Truth.” – From the introduction to the play by Zakes Mda
About the Playwright:
Dr. John Kani is an actor, managing trustee of the Market Theater, Johannesburg and chairman of the National Arts Council of South Africa. Dr. Kani co-wrote Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Island with Athol Fugard and fellow actor Winston Ntshona. He and Mr. Ntshona were awarded a Tony Award in 1975 for these two plays.
These scaled-down productions further our mission of presenting a full scope of a playwright’s body of work. In our Staged Readings, actors hold scripts but the play is fully staged. Some production elements are employed to enhance the overall experience, but the focus is on the language and relationships of the play.